People seem to be becoming more aware of the control smartphones have over our attention, with a growing desire to reduce daily phone usage. I’ve found the following three steps to be extremely effective:
1) Use ‘Do not disturb mode’ 24/7 - I don’t receive any notifications/ sounds/vibrations, except calls from close family. This is astonishingly liberating, as I decide when I wish to view my phone for updates rather than getting constant distractions throughout the day.
2) Move social media apps off the home screen - Social media apps are time sinks. Creating small hurdles to access these apps is surprisingly useful in deterring usage.
3) Remove games - With an unlimited stream of knowledge accessible via your smartphone there is no shortage of podcasts, books and videos to feed your brain.